Kenny Chesney was full of love at his last Target Field concert in 2012. / Star Tribune file

Kenny Chesney was full of love at his last Target Field concert in 2012. / Star Tribune file

Kenny Chesney stadium concerts have almost become as much a part of Minnesota summers as mosquitoes, lake itch and road construction, but next year is going to be a little different: He’s not going to play Target Field, and he’s actually coming before the official start of summer. Hey, if anyone can make it feel like it's summer every day...

The country music superstar has roped in U.S. Bank Stadium for Saturday, May 5, only the third stop on his 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour that begins April 21 in Tampa. His opener at the Vikings Stadium will be “Beer With Jesus” singer Thomas Rhett, who’s headlining Xcel Energy Center on his own next week.

Pre-sale ticket offers for Chesney’s No Shoes Nation club, Vikings club seat members and more begin next Wednesday morning, and the general public on sale is next Friday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Concert promoter AEG and the keepers of our publicly funded stadium did not give fans the courtesy of naming the ticket prices beforehand.

Chesney has made Target Field his regular stop in Minneapolis. Since putting on the first concert at the Twins stadium in 2012, he played there three out of four summers in a row.

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